Wednesday 2nd March 2005, 7:30pm
Titular Organist, Alexandra Palace
Not only is John Pryer the organist of Alexandra Palace but
he is also the Organiste Titulaire of Birmingham Oratory.
He received his musical education as a chorister at Ely
Cathedral under Sidney Campbell and Arthur Wills and won
a music Scholarship to Clifton College, Bristol where he was
taught by the legendary Douglas Fox. From Clifton he
proceeded to Keble College, Oxford as Organ Scholar where
he graduated and gained the F.R.C.O Diploma winning the
Limpus prize for the highest marks in organ playing and
the Read prize for the highest marks overall. After teaching
posts in Bath, Bristol and Repton he became assistant to
Roy Massey at Birmingham Cathedral in 1970. Since
1978 he has been Music Master at Handsworth Grammar
School and in 1985/6 was again at Birmingham Cathedral
as Organist. His appointment to the Alexandra Palace as
Titular Organist dates from 1999.
Samples of John's previous performances at The Palace can be heard
Entrée Pontificale ~ Marco Enrico Bossi (1861– 1925)
Prelude & Fugue in B minor ~ J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Choral Prelude: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wende ~ J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata & Fugue in D minor & major ~ Max Reger (1873-1916)
The Dam Busters’ March ~ Eric Coates (20th century)
Trumpet Tune ~ Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
The Sailor’s Hornpipe ~ arr. Noel Rawsthorne (20th century)
Romance sans paroles ~ Joseph Bonnet (1884 – 1944)
Improvisation upon A Whiter Shade of Pale
The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
will be selling copies of “The Finest Concert Organ in Europe” at £2.00
and “Alexandra Palace & People” by Fred Clarke at £2.00.
The Friends of the Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
will be providing opportunities to check the addresses of all Friends
and to take the names of all those who wish to join.
The Cinema Organ Society will be selling CD’s, Cassettes and sheet music. Jean Perkins will be
pleased to speak with you.